Dr. Todd Finnerty talks with Dr. Ellen Leibenluft. She was a member of the DSM-5 Child and Adolescent Disorders work group and does research on kids with bipolar disorder and kids with severe, chronic irritability at the NIMH. She is responsible for the research leading to the new DSM-5 diagnosis Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). While the last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with “more toxic” medications like antipsychotics, many of these children do not actually have a bipolar disorder. Children with chronic, severe irritability do not necessarily have bipolar disorder– especially if they don’t have clear, distinct manic episodes. These children have a better “diagnostic home” (now termed as DMDD) under DSM-5. They may benefit from “less toxic” treatment approaches. Listeners can also hear how kids around the USA can participate in Dr. Leibenluft’s research. Find the details and more DMDD resources at our website http://www.mentalhealthday.org
Darla L. Sedlacek, Ph.D., is a psychologist in northeast Ohio, a Certified Personal Trainer, coach, educator, and avid athlete. She works with coaches, athletes and even regular folks like the rest of us. She has an interesting practice and serves as a reminder that if we’re having emotional concerns we can’t neglect things like exercise. Check out my great conversation with Dr. Sedlacek on how sport psychology can help all of us.
Dr. Irvin Yalom is one of the most influential psychotherapists ever (and was a very nice guy on the podcast). Dr. Yalom came to the podcast and talked about his books and other topics. While many of Dr. Yalom’s books are for a general audience, he says he writes them for the “secret audience” of young psychotherapists. Check out this great interview for yourself now!